I recently had the pleasure of speaking by phone to Séan McCann, founding member of the Canadian band Great Big Sea. Many people, including me, think of “Ordinary Day”, “Mari-Mac”, or another signature song upon hearing his name, but we spoke about something quite different: his recovery from alcohol addiction. Now over five years sober, […]Continue readingInsights from a Great Big Singer: Séan McCann talks recovery
Picture this…it’s a workday morning and a colleague arrives at the office sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. She will likely be met with several rounds of “It sounds like you’re feeling miserable”, “How long have you felt this way?”, and “Can I bring you some tissues or chicken soup?” Now, picture this…that same colleague arrives at […]Continue readingWhy is mental health at work everyone’s business?
The importance of talking about mental health can’t be repeated enough. The more we talk, the more accepted it will be, and the more likely people are to speak up when they are struggling. But, let’s say you get that and start a conversation with someone. Let’s say it’s a friend who just hasn’t been […]Continue reading4 tips for responding when your offer of help isn’t accepted
It’s not easy for most people to ask for help. Many of us probably have a story in our past about not asking for directions and ending up hopelessly lost. And, if it’s tough asking for directions, think about how challenging it can be to ask for help when you’re struggling with mental health or […]Continue reading5 Tips for Asking for Help
The casserole – the homey meal with comfort in every bite. The convenient dinner. The offering we often bring to friends and neighbours as a show of support when they are having a difficult time. And why do we show up with baking dishes in hand? Because it’s something that we can do to […]Continue readingCasseroles for Mental Health – Why Not?
It’s no secret that we at CMHA LOVE self-care. It’s vital to maintaining optimal mental health and coping with challenges effectively. And we’ve heard tons of great self-care ideas from our clients as well as people who take our courses and workshops. Here is a selection of five cool and unique ideas for self-care that […]Continue reading5 of the Coolest Self-Care Ideas We’ve Heard
Yes, that’s right – you can give yourself permission to take care of yourself. To slow down. To take a break. It’s a news flash for some. We often go through our days thinking that we always have to be on the move. That productivity rules. That we are somehow letting someone, even ourselves, down […]Continue readingBreaking News…You can give yourself permission!
We’re just a few weeks out from Bell Let’s Talk Day, another wonderfully successful day that had people tweeting, sharing, texting, and talking about mental health. But, why is talking such an important part of taking care of ourselves and managing any mental health concerns? Here are just 4 reasons why talking can be helpful: […]Continue reading“Let’s Talk”: 4 Reasons Why
As a mental health care professional, I often have long, heartfelt conversations with family members of those struggling with addictions, and I’m here to say that I’m okay with that! Having been on both sides of the equation, I recognize the importance of validating and encouraging families that they have a right be exhausted and […]Continue readingThe Importance of Being Kind to Families
STIGMA. One word that can just make your skin crawl when it comes to talking about mental health. But what can you do about it? Well…a lot. And it’s not just big things that fight stigma. It’s also little things that you can do each and every day. So, pull out your to-do list for […]Continue reading3 Things You Can Do TODAY to Bust Stigma